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To Kill a MOCkingbird
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This creation was initially built for school, but I've added a lot to it since presenting. My class was having a book discussion on Harper Lee's "To Kill a Mockingbird" and I volunteered to illustrate a scene from the book.

Ground, sky and houses melted into a mad palette, my ears throbbed, I was suffocating. I could not put out my hands to stop, they were wedged between my chest and knees. I could only hope that Jem would outrun the tire and me, or that I would be stopped by a bump in the sidewalk. I heard him behind me, chasing and shouting.

The tire bumped on gravel, skeetered across the road, crashed into a barrier and popped me like a cork onto pavement. Dizzy and nauseated, I lay on the cement and shook my head still, pounded my ears to silence, and heard Jem’s voice: “Scout, get away from there, come on!”

I raised my head and stared at the Radley Place steps in front of me. I froze. (To Kill a Mockingbird, pg. 49-50)


I took inspiration from the slightly Gothic styled cover of my copy of the book. Building the slanted house was the trickiest part; it's slanted slightly forward and to the side. I wanted it to look very rundown, deteriorating, weather-beaten, and old. To accomplish the desired "look" I had to employ some rather tricky techniques, including Lego nets in the front walls.



I purposefully over-exaggerated everything to fit the children's (Jem & Scout's) wild, fearful imaginations in relation to the Radleys. On that note, the house was built at a slightly larger scale, so that a normal mini-fig is child sized.



Scout (above) & Jem (below)
















Thanks for stopping by and as always, Soli Deo Gloria!



Comments

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  December 14, 2013
I love the angles, especially on the door! Very well done.
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  August 9, 2013
Quoting Dave Kaleta Ian, Wonderful work. I can see where some of your Bucket house inspiration came from. I really appreciate you basing it on the text. ~Dave
Thanks Dave. Yup, I was warming up for BrickWorld!
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  August 9, 2013
Ian, Wonderful work. I can see where some of your Bucket house inspiration came from. I really appreciate you basing it on the text. ~Dave
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  May 11, 2013
Crazy crazy MOC, outstanding!
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  April 30, 2013
Dude, that is crazy! I read that book when I was a lot younger, maybe 7 or 8, and that is EXACTLY how I imagined it. Great job!
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  April 27, 2013
Smart!
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  April 25, 2013
Fantastic book and fantastic creation! Nice tilted house.
  April 20, 2013
We just finished this book for school about a week ago! :D
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  April 19, 2013
Great build! You used some clever and unique building techniques for the house!
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  April 17, 2013
Cant stand this book to be honest...but a great build nonetheless!
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  April 17, 2013
Captures the spirit of that scene very well :)
  April 16, 2013
"I purposefully over-exaggerated everything to fit the children's (Jem & Scout's) wild, fearful imaginations in relation to the Radleys. On that note, the house was built at a slightly larger scale, so that a normal mini-fig is child sized." Nice!
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  April 16, 2013
I agree, reading this book in class and I don't really enjoy, I did enjoy your MOC though!
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  April 15, 2013
Cool MOC. Had to read it in 8th grade. I got to the 7th chapter and gave up. I thought it was extremely boring. I remember some girl rolling down the street in a tire and some kids getting shot at, other than that, I still don't know what the thing's about, and I have no intent. I guess I'm that 1 out of 10 who doesn't agree with the other 9.
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  April 14, 2013
We're reading the same book in class!
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  April 13, 2013
Quoting Starscream Soundwave Did you make everything as it appeared in the film or as you pictured it from the book?
I've never seen the film, hence this was created from my imagination. Thanks for the comment! :)
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  April 13, 2013
I had to do this book for school. In all honesty, I really didn't enjoy it! Still, I think even if I didn't know what this MOC was a scene from, I probably would have guessed correctly, thanks to some great building techniques. The idea of making everything bigger to make the minifigs appear as children is ingenious! I love how complex you made the construction of the Radley house too, in order to make it as accurate as possible. Did you make everything as it appeared in the film or as you pictured it from the book? Anyway, fantastic work, this a brilliant creation.
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  April 13, 2013
Hello again, Ian! Sorry to bother you, but I was just letting you know that I entered my entry for the MOC-off with Ranger Brady... I'm adding it to Castle and LOTR Creations now! :D
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  April 12, 2013
I was really tempted to do this for my project on the book. Awesome build and perfect use of the Sam and Frodo faces.
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  April 11, 2013
I loved this book! You captured the feeling of the story very well. The tilted house is brilliantly done. Nice work! I hope it's not too much trouble, but would you mind sharing your thoughts on this? http://mocpages.com/moc.php/358475 Thanks!
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  April 10, 2013
Very nice work Ian, the chimney and the tree especially look wonderful! And using nets in the walls...very clever! ;)
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  April 10, 2013
Quoting Sebeus I ...is that a net you used on the front door?
Yep, the door and all the dark tan walls in the front are backed by nets to help give a disheveled appearance to the house.
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  April 10, 2013
Very nice, I love how the house is angled, is that a net you used on the front door? cool effect!
  April 10, 2013
earthquake?
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  April 9, 2013
Quoting Flare . And sorry, but you'll have to be a member on the forum in order to participate. It's not that hard to join, just a couple clicks of the button ;)
Yep, I was just checking all that out. I'm still deciding whether or not to join, thanks Flare.
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  April 9, 2013
Nice MOC.
Quoting Ian Spacek Hilarious episode, Flare! I'm also interested in joining the TFOL contest. I know I haven't been a part of the whole TFOL group for the past couple of years, but I've still got one or two months before AFOLdom claims me. :) I'll join the group (I know I'll need to be approved) and attempt to get an entry in! I'm also not on the forum (obviously), so can I play entirely through MOCpages?
We define TFOL as until age 20. So you might have more time that you thought ;) And sorry, but you'll have to be a member on the forum in order to participate. It's not that hard to join, just a couple clicks of the button ;)
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  April 9, 2013
This one really take's the cake! Well done Ian! :)
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  April 9, 2013
The disheveled look of the house is fantastic!
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  April 9, 2013
nicely done!!
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  April 9, 2013
I like all of the different angles in this build, especially the way that you've made the roof and part underneath it, plus the clapper-board walls in Lego cheeses. The front door frame is brilliant.
Ian Spacek
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Simon S.
  April 8, 2013
I didn't read this book, I didn't even hear anything about it until now =P. Well, at least there is an awesome MOC of it! I basically love everything on it, the pattern on the street, the tree with the angled leaves, the colour choice and at least this most awesome house! There are only two things that "bother" me about it: First, I would like to see a tiled roof ;) and second I'm not a big fan of the headlight bricks used for the chimney but without covered studs... Oh, I almost forgot to add that I like the grey background instead of the ususal white, which perfectly supports the sense of emotion. Great build!
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  April 8, 2013
This is astounding. I love this book, and I think you did an incredible job capturing the whole scene.
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  April 8, 2013
The work you achieved is incredible: all the tiny details come together to create such an atmosphere. Hands clap!! Special like for the door frame and the wall texturing.
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  April 8, 2013
I've thought about building a scene from the novel as well. It surprises me that there aren't that many MOCs based on this book. Regardless, you've done justice here. Especially love the angled and rustic appearances. -LB Senior
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  April 8, 2013
Phenomenal work, that house is incredible. I'm amazed by the angles you've achieved and how effectively they convey a sense of disorienting fear. Sheer brilliance.
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  April 8, 2013
excellent build, with some great angles! I'm not sure if I like the tree or not.. I also have trouble with them :)
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  April 7, 2013
I suppose. ;D
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  April 7, 2013
Thank you one and all for the encouraging feedback. I really appreciate it! :)
Quoting David . Where is the hole in the tree?
Aliens vaporized it. But all jokes aside, this build was still in the works and hogging a bunch of my pieces for over a month after I'd presented. I needed to get it out of the way, so the hollow was one minor detail I forced myself to overlook (I did consider it though, and it's the thought that counts right?). ;)
Quoting David Alexander Smith I think everyone reads this book at school.
Yep, pretty much! It's one of those "must read" classics, at least in the States I know it is.
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  April 7, 2013
Lovely build, you've really put a lot of work into getting that dilapidated look. Now I wish I could have done Lego as part of an assignment when I read that book at school...
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  April 7, 2013
Wonderfully Wonky! Nice work Ian, a real nice interpretation.
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  April 7, 2013
Greatest Novel Ever. Excellent model -- totally agree with your approach about seeing the Radley house from Scout's perspective. Have to look again, but is Boo looking out the window?
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  April 7, 2013
Nice! The building has the nice 'rugged' look!
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  April 7, 2013
Brilliant!
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  April 7, 2013
Love the door frame :)
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  April 7, 2013
Excellent build, the wall technique is wonderful!
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  April 7, 2013
beautiful done in every way Ian ;-) ! The details are crazy... The stoneplates, the right side of the house, the mantle and much more - awesome!
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  April 7, 2013
This is an excellent creation, Ian. The door is my favourite part, but there are so many neat parts and details, that the complete creation is really stunning. I'm glad you went the way to slant the house, that makes it even more special.
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  April 7, 2013
I only ever watched the movie, but I liked it nontheless. Great representation, though; I must ask. Where is the hole in the tree? Great work Ian, it is a magnoficent build.
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  April 6, 2013
Oh the memories. Loved that book. Best thing school ever made me read. Great recreation of the scene :)
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  April 6, 2013
I just read this for school too! Your interpretation of this scene is perfect, mate! I love this rundown look and the uneven and slantedness of it. Everything about it says spooky! Great work!
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  April 6, 2013
CLASSIC!!! In every sense of the term. Great scene, Great book, Great movie, and now a Great moc. Thank you Ian.
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  April 6, 2013
Dude, this house is amazing! Great stone work and fence work...GREAT EVERYTHING! Fantastic stuff.
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  April 6, 2013
Another spectacular creation! The angles in the house are my favourite, along with the viny chimney as well! Great job Ian!!!
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  April 6, 2013
Great book! Fantastic MOC! The angles really make this MOC absolutely stunning!
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  April 6, 2013
Those angles are wicked.
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  April 6, 2013
Great piece of work here, Dude! You really captured the creepiness of the place. I hope you got a good grade!
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  April 6, 2013
Love the added elements and I think that you have captured the "creepiness" of the house very well! Love the snot, techniques, and all of the crazy angles! Cheers! ~Nathan
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  April 6, 2013
What a great build! To Kill A Mockingbird was and still is one of my favorite books of all time, and you managed to nail this scene perfectly. Everything from Boo's house to the minifigs is just how I imagined it. Bravo!
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  April 6, 2013
Great use of the newer pieces with the older ones. Excellent base! Would you consider turning all your pictures into BLACK & WHITES to keep with the flavor of the Gregory Peck movie version? And give this a more somber tone?
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  April 6, 2013
Wow! Amazing work! I love how it's....tilted but still standing kinda thing :) Excellent tree! Nice work!
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  April 6, 2013
This is so awesome, I love the chimney. Great job, Ian! :)
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  April 6, 2013
It's rare to find a Lego house with such character! Great work!
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  April 6, 2013
Awesome Ian! Stunning work! I love the slanted house!
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  April 6, 2013
This was like, my absolute favorite book in the 5th grade. Love it, man.
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  April 6, 2013
The one book I actually enjoyed in high school, and as always Ian, an excellent MOC!!!
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  April 6, 2013
I love the use of those nets for the wall! The border looks nice too :)
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  April 6, 2013
Loving it! The angled house is superb and the use of nets quite clever. The SNOT work is a very nice touch for the architecture. Well done!
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  April 6, 2013
awesome! I like all the angles!
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  April 6, 2013
Lovely!!
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  April 6, 2013
Brilliant work all around! :D Clever idea with the nets!
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  April 6, 2013
I think everyone reads this book at school. Lovely off angles in the build.
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  April 6, 2013
Excellent!
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  April 6, 2013
Brilliant job, Ian! This is great! The slant on the house is amazing! 5/5 ~Sarge
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  April 6, 2013
Great scene brilliantly recreated in Lego. Beautiful work
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  April 6, 2013
Great job! We had to read this in 8th grade.
 
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